Campsite waste; a single use plastic problem in need for a radical mindshift


Campsite waste; a single use plastic problem in need for a radical mindshift

ADE Green - Megan Best, Teresa Moore

Moderator: Frank Kimenai

For those of you who have been camping before, this might be an unimaginable thought: after a couple of days of physical activity, fresh air and sleeping out in the open, you pack up – but not quite, because you decide to leave your tent, sleeping bag, and some other items behind. Someone will clean it up, right?

For anyone involved in the post-production process of multiple-day festivals that involve a campsite, however, this has been the uncomfortable and troublesome reality. Managing resource flows at festivals is no easy task – and it gets even worse if around 20% of camping materials are left behind. Even without setting out the why’s and how’s of it: campsite waste is uniquely a festival problem. This means that solutions will have to be found from within the festival industry – or does it?

During this panel, we are going to dive into tents, mattresses and other campsite materials that are left behind once more. After all, campsite waste has been problematized and discussed for a while. As a result, there are a few decent examples of actionable solutions that work, but on a large scale, it still makes too little difference. Panelists Megan Best (Native Events), Theresa Moore (Green Festival Awards) and Eric van Eerdenburg (Lowlands) are going to envision the future of festival campsites together with the audience. How can the problem be tackled? Does it require an entirely different way of designing festival campsites? What’s the role of retail companies in a world where cheap tents are sold without an incentive to reuse them? Are there ways to combat disposable culture among consumers? Answering these questions is undoubtedly a crucial step towards making green camping the default.

This panel is presented by Plastic Promise, a pioneering collaboration of the Dutch events industry that aims for a reduction of single use plastics on events and festivals. This programme is initiated by Green Events Netherlands and supported by the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management.

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